Creating a System of High-Quality Education Options to Serve At-Risk Students


The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) organized a professional development opportunity for education leaders to explore how best to leverage opportunities in policy and practice to create a system of high-quality alternative settings to serve all students, including at-risk populations. The study tour consisted of site visits, panel presentations, and group discussions with other attendees, local leaders, school officials, and students. This study tour was held in Indianapolis, Indiana from Monday, April 23, 2018 to Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

Attendees had opportunities to learn about:

Strategies to develop multiple pathways for at-risk students, including:

  • Connections to college and career, including dual enrollment and transition activities
  • Work-based and project-based learning opportunities
  • Innovative instructional strategies
  • Social and emotional supports and wraparound services

Cross-system collaboration in service of at-risk youth, including:

  • Students with disabilities
  • Justice-involved youth
  • Youth in foster care
  • Other at-risk youth who have previously withdrawn from school or who are significantly academically off-track

Policy considerations that may affect at-risk students, including:

  • Delinquency prevention and recovery
  • Transition supports and structured pathways
  • High school diplomas
  • Accountability

Study Tour Resources

Indiana Department of Education and Indiana Department of Correction

School and Facility Site Visits

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, provides learning opportunities for policy leaders, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels. AYPF’s events and policy reports are made possible by the support of a consortium of philanthropic foundations. For a complete list, click here.

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